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It's clear that birth control has been revelatory for women in so many ways. And yet, it also has a dark side and it often seems like we're not supposed to talk about out of gratitude that it exists at all.

I've been waiting for this movie from Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake to come out. I am one of many, many women who suffered terrible side effects from hormonal birth control that my doctors downplayed and dismissed. But the more we do that, the less pressure there is to find better solutions. We all know the medical industry is no friend to women, and that they knowingly withhold information from us in order to shuffle us into the decisions they think are best, which are generally the ones that profit them the most. I'm a believer that women need to be fully informed of both the risks and benefits of all medical treatments, and be able to trust our own inner knowing. That's what bodily autonomy looks like to me.

I haven't watched it yet, but I'm pretty sure this movie is going to be controversial and I'm eager to hear what you all think.

This doc is free to watch from Nov 17-20. Spanish, French & German subtitles available.

https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/bobc-nov22

It's clear that birth control has been revelatory for women in so many ways. And yet, it also has a dark side and it often seems like we're not supposed to talk about out of gratitude that it exists at all. I've been waiting for this movie from Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake to come out. I am one of many, many women who suffered terrible side effects from hormonal birth control that my doctors downplayed and dismissed. But the more we do that, the less pressure there is to find better solutions. We all know the medical industry is no friend to women, and that they knowingly withhold information from us in order to shuffle us into the decisions they think are best, which are generally the ones that profit them the most. I'm a believer that women need to be fully informed of both the risks and benefits of all medical treatments, and be able to trust our own inner knowing. That's what bodily autonomy looks like to me. I haven't watched it yet, but I'm pretty sure this movie is going to be controversial and I'm eager to hear what you all think. This doc is free to watch from Nov 17-20. Spanish, French & German subtitles available. https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/bobc-nov22

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Thanks for this. Gonna watch later today. Went to ob/gyn not long ago felt really weird about how they pushed BC on me but didnt want to give me any info on tube tying, not even info on the procedure itself. I told her BC is off the table it does not make me feel right or better and it just doesnt seem to agree with me, and altering my hormones is a weird thing to do unless medically necessary.... she also said that if I didnt like the way my periods were she could do something about it. Like she was offering cosmetic surgery or something lol. Kinda weirded me out because I have no complaints other than their sheer (natural) existance. I got put on bc at a very very young age and I think that was a mistake. Maybe my hormones were whack cuz idk I was 14? Lol.

Bookmarking!

I’m very interested in this subject, too. I can’t say I was harmed by it but I refused to take it long term because of its side effects for me (weight gain, zombie feeling, lowered sex drive). Also curious what the long term consequences are of a healthy person using *synthetic hormones to disrupt her body’s natural rhythm.

As with everything, and as you say, there are pros and cons with everything. Having the power to prevent unwanted pregnancies is huge progress for women. My issue is with Big Pharma and how little consideration there is of the good AND the bad of different medications.

I watched it and enjoyed it! I think it's a very important topic, and I think it's pretty clear that the side effects of birth control are not really interesting to research/medication developers because they already sell so well, and we expect women to put up with side effects.

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I can't believe no one spoke about the tran prostration that occurs on the opening slide. Sigh.

I just started watching it myself. That slide is so unnecessary and freaking frustrating. "not an intentional erasure of the men and non binary folks who experience menstruation" my ass. No men ever can, will or does menstruate.

That said, at this point in time, I think a lot of people who know this is bullshit still put "disclaimers" like that up, if they dont want their work totally derailed by the TRA's.

Just watched it; need to sleep on it. Thought it was very interesting on the behind the scenes at the FDA stuff. I knew a few of the names they interviewed from dipping in and out of the women's wellness space myself back when I was having knock-out periods and menstrual migraines and trying to sort all that out; good to put faces to names.

Shame about the last roughly 5 minutes when they clearly felt the need to appease the gender crowd, I suspect that will age rather badly and in 20 years we'll re-watch it and go, what a weird note to end on.

The first birth control I was put on was the depo shot.

That was quite the dunk into the deep end.

I've been on FAM for over a decade now and no accidental pregnancies. The only accidental pregnancy I have ever had was before I started on FAM.

*sighs * The documentary is good but for all that talk about the pharma industry they didn't interview a single chemist or pharmacist up to the point I'm at on my watch ( In my corner of the world pharmacists work in that industry reglulary alongside chemist and are taught about making medications from undergrad but i don't know how it is on USA).

I always feel they are VERY overlooked on these kinds of conversations and they shouldn't be

Interesting. That’s totally not my world. What kinds of things do you think they might have spoken to for this doc?

They know the nitty gritty details about the concentration of ingredients and the delivery methods because they actually make those, also know quite a bit about regulatory affairs if they work in that area. Also a whistleblower from big pharma with a lot of technical knowledge would be apreciated in my opinion.

I feel like I watched a Movie about birth when I was pregnant, that had Ricki Lake in it… the business of being born? I remember it not being the best made movie